unearthly

[uhn-urth-lee]
adjective
1.
seeming not to belong to this earth or world: unearthly beauty.
2.
supernatural; ghostly; unnaturally strange; weird: an unearthly scream.
3.
out of the ordinary; unreasonable or absurd: to get up at an unearthly hour.

Origin:
1605–15; un-1 + earthly

unearthliness, noun


2. preternatural, spectral. See weird.
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unearthly (ʌnˈɜːθlɪ)
 
adj
1.  ghostly; eerie; weird: unearthly screams
2.  heavenly; sublime: unearthly music
3.  ridiculous or unreasonable (esp in the phrase unearthly hour)
 
un'earthliness
 
n

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unearthly
1610s, "heavenly, sublime," from un- (1) "not" + earthly. Sense of "ghostly, weird" first recorded 1802.
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Example sentences
What is thrilling in this eerie episode is the staging of the nocturnal
  rallies, the jangle of the strange, unearthly sounds.
One of these fights features strange calisthenics and unearthly shrieks.
Those qualities have created an almost unearthly landscape that is as beautiful
  as it is desolate.
The waters appear to be almost unearthly blue due to the purity of the air and
  the water in the lake.
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